z/VM Council

Last Updated: 14 August 2020

What is the z/VM Council?

The IBM z/VM Council consists of z/VM engineers, designers, customers, and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). The mission of the Council is to collaborate on topics related to the z/VM Hypervisor. Activities will include: user research, new project introduction, Sponsor User recruitment, client playbacks, project proposal definition and prioritization. The z/VM Council meets approximately once per month via telephone and web conferencing. Further collaboration is done through the IBM z/VM Council Community (membership required) web site.

Membership requirements

The IBM z/VM Council is open to any z/VM client or ISV with a signed IBM Z Feedback Program Agreement (FPA). If for whatever reason the FPA does not work for your company's needs a custom FPA can be created to address the concerns.

A customized Feedback Program Agreement will also be needed if your company is headquartered in Croatia, Germany, Italy, Philippines, Romania, or Vietnam. Please contact Kerry Wilson - kerryw@us.ibm.com to start this process.

There is no cost associated with the z/VM Council or being a Sponsor User.


  • Participate regularly and actively
  • Become a Sponsor User for at least one project per year and participate in the associated playbacks:
  • Prioritize project proposals
  • Complete any assignments from the z/VM Council

Join the z/VM Council

  • Identify colleagues who will participate and ensure they have IBM IDs
  • Send email to Kerry Wilson - kerryw@us.ibm.com:
    • Include company name
    • Include names and emails of all participants
  • Kerry will verify your company has the FPA in place or will provide more information on how to get it signed
  • If the FPA is in place, you and your colleagues will need to fill out the Areas of Interest form. Make sure to select: "z/VM, Linux on zSystems, Z/VSE, KVM on Z Systems" under "Operating systems and application software"
  • Once the Areas Interest form is submitted, you will be added to the z/VM Council Community and receive invites for future meetings

Join the z/VM Council Community

The z/VM Council Community is a web site used by z/VM Council members to collaborate on z/VM related topics. You must be a member of the z/VM Council in order to have access to the Community. If you are already a member of the z/VM Council, see the instructions below on how to gain access to the z/VM Council Community:


Send questions or requests for customized Feedback Program Agreements to Kerry Wilson - kerryw@us.ibm.com